Dec 312014

Disclosure:  I am a Hamilton Beach ambassador, and I received this product in exchange for my honest review and opinion.  No other compensation was received.

When I moved into my first apartment, my sweet Nana bought me a mini food processor as a house warming gift.  I absolutely loved that thing.  I chopped up nuts, made salsas, and so much more.  My favorite thing to make was a spinach pesto. 

Now, I loved that food processor, but it was seriously small.  It was the perfect size for me when I was single and living alone, but now I have a husband and a toddler, with another one on the way.  It’s time for a bigger, and more grown up food processor!

I recently received the Stack & Snap 10 Cup Food Processor from Hamilton Beach, and I absolutely love everything about it.  This food processor is much bigger than my other one, which allows me to make a meal for many more than just one person.  I love how easy it is to put together, use, clean and store. 

Food ProcessorAnother thing I love about this food processor, is that you just stack it up and snap it together.  With my old food processor, I had to line it up just right, and twist it to lock it together.  It was really a big pain a lot of the time.  This one is so much easier!  PLUS, when I pour my food out of this processor, the blade doesn’t come flying out at me like it did with my old one.  That is pretty awesome, I must say!

The Stack & Snap 10 Cup Food Processor also has built-in cord storage and dishwasher-safe parts.  It also has these cute little rubber feet on the bottom that help it stay in place on your counter or tabletop while you are using it!

After receiving this food processor, I immediately had to whip up a batch of my spinach pesto, as it had been quite a while since I had made it.  It turned out great, and I can’t wait to use the food processor for so many more things too!

Hamilton Beach Stack & Snap Food Processor

This spinach pesto is really delicious.  I prefer to use almonds in my pesto instead of the usual pine nuts that most recipes call for, but you could change it out if you wanted to.  It’s really thick, creamy and full of flavor, and I just love that gorgeous green color!

Hamilton Beach Stack and Snap Food Processor

I normally serve this pesto sauce over linguini, but I had some macaroni on hand and used that instead.  I added in some roasted grape tomatoes to add a burst of color and extra flavor.  It’s also the holidays, so I thought the red and green combination would make a really pretty holiday dish.

Macaroni with Spinach Pesto and Roasted Grape Tomatoes

Macaroni with Spinach Pesto & Roasted Grape Tomatoes


  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 3 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds (roasted)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil + 1 tablespoon for roasting tomatoes
  • A splash of fresh lemon juics
  • Kosher salt & Pepper to taste


  1. Roast the slivered almonds in a non-stick fry pan over low heat until slightly brown.  Make sure you don’t burn them!  Roasting the almonds will really help to bring out their flavor.
  2. Combine all ingredients in the food processor until smooth and creamy.
  3. Mix grape tomatoes, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and a pinch of Kosher salt & pepper.  Spread the tomatoes out on a rimmed baking sheet and bake in 450 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile,  cook elbow macaroni according to package instructions, until al dente.
  5. Drain macaroni and stir in pesto mixture and roasted tomatoes.  I served this dish hot, and it was fantastic.  I think it would also taste pretty good served as a cold salad.



Hamilton Beach has generously offered to give a Stack & Snap 10 Cup Food Processor to one lucky Sincerely, Mindy reader.  To enter to win this awesome giveaway, valued at $59.99, complete as many entries as you wish, using the Giveaway Tools application below.  One person per household may enter. Open to US residents only, age 18+.  Good luck!

What would you make with the Stack & Snap 10 Cup Food Processor?

  145 Responses to “Macaroni w/Spinach Pesto & Roasted Grape Tomatoes”

  1. I would use it often, to finely chop pecans for my Mexican Snowball Cookies.

  2. Would use it to chop cashews

  3. There are so many things that this would make easier.I would probably start off by making hash browns and go from there as I become more adventurous with the blades.

  4. I love me some pesto!

  5. Most meals could be made easier with a food processor, especially this time of year when there are larger dinners for visiting relatives. Just about every ingredient in our dressing comes out of the food processor.

  6. Edamame hummus!

  7. I was just telling my husband the other day that I really want a food processor! I would definitely make hummus and pesto, some awesome garlicky spread and salsa!

  8. I’d make some potato salad.

  9. I would make a spinach salad.

  10. Simple (and boring) as it may sound, I would make homemade chocolate chip cookies. I <3 homemade chocolate chip cookies and store-bought dough just never comes out the same. I've never mad them homemade because I think I'd be disappointed without a mixer.

  11. I would make a spinach pesto sauce for pasta.

  12. If I won, I’d make pesto and spaghetti sauce.

  13. I enjoy making soup with fresh vegetables that require lots of chopping and slicing, so I’d use this processor to make those.

  14. i would make an onion dip with the processor

  15. I am going to make Pie crust with this food processor! Making pie crust by hand is very hard to do!!

  16. I’ll make almond butter.

  17. I would like to make my vegetable dip in the food processor

  18. I’d like to make salsa

  19. I’d make avocado dip

  20. I would use it to make salsa

  21. I’d make some Pico de Gallo!

  22. So many uses for this love to win

  23. I think the first thing I would make would be spaghetti sauce.

  24. It would make chopping stuff up for chili really easy.

  25. I would love to make homemade salsa!!

  26. I would use it for everything from salsa to blending the tofu with peanut butter for a Tufu Peanut Butter Pie

  27. Salsa :)

  28. I would use it for sauces and salad prep work.

  29. Wow that is a smart processor, it can do more than I can!

  30. When I think of winning this, I can only think of SALSA! That’s what I would make :)

  31. I could/would use this a lot! I could make tapenade, salsa’s, pesto, sauces of all kinds! Yum!

  32. I would make salsa

  33. Fresh pasta sauce

  34. I wouldnt know where to start maybe my roasted garlic habanero salsa

  35. I’d love to make so many things, but probably would first make some homemade salsa.

  36. I love pesto, and almonds do sound like an interesting flavor. My favorite thing to make in the food processor is pie crust.

  37. I’d love to make some pureed soups. And also the awesome creamed mashed potatoes that my brother-in-law makes with his food processor!

  38. salsa and soups

  39. I would ahve too say make some good salsa with it thanks

  40. I would make hummus.

  41. I would make salsas and pestos

  42. Salsa and Chicken Salad Spread.

  43. I would use it often for special dishes that need to be made fast..dips and soups and blending Tomatoes that we grow each year…Testing out many new things also

  44. I would make salsa with it.

  45. my homemade Cesar dressing, and pesto

  46. Cherry cheescake

  47. I would make salsa.

  48. I would so love to make homemade salsa & make my homemade guacamole easier to make!!

  49. I am disabled and this would help me make so many delecious things!!

  50. I would make potato salad

  51. I would make soups or salsa…my family loves hummus also :)

  52. There are so many things I would make, but I would definitely make some homemade salsa!

  53. I’d make a fresh salsa and the sauce for my enchilada suizas!

  54. I would make vegetable soup, great way to chop things

  55. I would make some salsa.

  56. I would make some fresh salsa.

  57. I have 2 food processors, both broken… I need a new one.

  58. I would make some veggie dips and humus for my husbands lunches with it!

  59. I would make a homemade dressing for salads.

  60. I would definitely like to try making hummus

  61. I would make roasted tomato basil soup!

  62. Sundried tomato pesto + hummus!

  63. The very first thing I’m going to make is guacamole for our tacos.

  64. Gonna make some salsa

  65. This would be so handy! I think the first thing I would make would be salsa.

  66. I would puree some soups I have been wanting to try.

  67. I will make salsa, and then I will make hummus.

  68. I would make some green chili salsa!

  69. I’m a hummus maniac, and I’d SO love to cut expenses by making my own.

    Thanks for a generous giveaway!

  70. I would make salsa!

  71. I would make salsa and hummus.

  72. I would use it to finely chop peppers

  73. I’d make pesto. There is many goodies you could make with this.

  74. I would give this to my son, so he could make baby food for his infant v

  75. I would really like to do that thing where you make flaky pastry dough with frozen butter in a food processor.

  76. I would make my son homemade salsa.

  77. I would make Salsa and Guacamole to begin with then venture out to try other recipes as I have never used a food processor before..

  78. I can think of lots of things I’d use this food processor for if I were your lucky winner: I’d like to try making pastry dough with a food processor, and of course, I’d shred cheese and vegetables, and I’d make hummus, and salsa, and on and on!

  79. I’d mush up food for my mom. She’s old, and can’t chew good.

  80. I would make Beef Vegetable soup

  81. i would make this! i have some whole wheat pasta that would be delicious with this.

  82. I would make the batter for potato pancakes. It is a million times easier in a food processor than by hand.

  83. I would use it to make different pestos – basil, spinach, cilantro, parsley….

  84. I would make spaghetti sauce.

  85. I would make salsa

  86. I would make salsa.

  87. Homemade Salsa and veggie dips!

  88. I would make chutney.

  89. I really love hummus. So, I think I would make some Black Bean Hummus.

  90. The question is what I would not make with it! smoothies, guacamole, cake mix, pico de gallo, and much more

  91. I would make some salsa and cut up some vegetables for our homemade black bean burgers!

  92. I would make some spinach dip!

  93. For my husband: salsa; for me: ranch dressing

  94. I would use it for so many things, shrimp patties, salsa, etc

  95. Pesto

  96. I would make some delicious cole slaw and some bbq with it if I had it!

  97. I would make Salsa with this food processor. Thanks for the giveaway!

  98. I would make salsa!

  99. Oh my goodness, I would love to own one of these! So cool! and helpful!

  100. I would make fresh salsa

  101. I would make my own salsa!

  102. Freshly shredded cheese and veggie burgers….Hummus…lots of things. Thank you for this chance to win.

  103. I would chop cookie crumbs to make a fabulous dessert.

  104. I would make salsa

  105. I would make my salsa and my seven layerdip

  106. I would make some banana smoothies, some salsa and use it to chop walnuts for my cookies!

  107. I would make salsa for our upcoming superbowl party

  108. I would make clam dip.

  109. I would make salsa! I love making salsa, but it gets strenuous making a double batch by hand.

  110. I’d make vegan “cheesy” sauce and some salsa.

  111. i would make salsa

  112. I would use it to make Salsa and Guacamole. It is one of my families favorite snacks!

  113. I would make some yummy cheesecake!!!(:

  114. I’d make a veggie stir fry

  115. I’m thinking salsa would be good

  116. I would make some chicken noodle soup with lots of veggies.

  117. i have been always wanted to make homemade salsa.that would be the first thing i would make

  118. I think I would make some pesto and it would be great to make homemade salsa.

  119. I would make my secret salsa using fresh veggies from my garden.

  120. i would make fresh pesto… mmmmmm

  121. I would chop up some veggies and make a coleslaw. Thanks!!

  122. I would love to make pesto!

  123. I would make salsa for game day! Hubby would sure love it.

  124. I would make some salsa for my chips and a lot of sauces for my pasta and potatoes.

  125. There are so many things I could make with the help of this awesome processor!! I could make my famous walnut fudge cookies!! Lots of different appetizers for company! Possibilities are endless!! Fingers crossed! And toes!!


  127. I’d make salsa fresca.

  128. I would make the following and often: Hummus, Gazpacho, and pesto.

  129. The first thing I would make is salsa!

  130. I would make cream of broccoli soup in my new food processor

  131. I would love to make some homemade Hummus!

  132. We would make guacomole. Thank you

  133. My hubby and I volunteer to cook for a local soup kitchen (we help serve too) and every week we are responsible for making one of the two Soups served every Tuesday and one of the two Entree/Casseroles (one needs to be vegetarian) to serve about 150 HUNGRY people) SO you can imagine how much chopping, slicing and dicing we have to do!

    Plus we like to cook GOOD FOOD for ourselves. lots of soups, sauces, stews, salads, pasta dishes ~ so this wonderful tool would be a real godsend for us! Thanks!

  134. I would make lots and lots of salsa.

  135. i would make an irish beef stew

  136. I would make salsa.

  137. I would make a yummy salsa

  138. I would make some salsa and guacamole

  139. Thank You for the giveaway…we would make a homemade tomato soup, or maybe Gazpacho.

  140. I’m a pesto lover too, so I’d make a pesto first. After that I’d make my sisters famous salsa. It is so yummy!

  141. I might make some sort of sauce

  142. I’d make some fresh salsa.
    Thanks for the contest.

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